Dish’s Sling TV announced a new feature to compete with Sony’s PlayStation Vue and it’s a cloud DVR that will allow customers to record their favorite TV shows and movies to watch at a later time.
The cloud DVR beta will launch in December, and be available to those who watch SlingTV via Roku devices, including streaming players and TVs, according to Sling. In addition, Sling says the cloud DVR will offer the ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward through your recorded content. You can also record multiple shows at once, and the service will automatically manage your DVR recordings by removing TV shows that have been around for a while.
During the beta trials, customers will receive 100 hours of cloud DVR storage. We’re not sure how much the feature will cost when it’s officially released, but the company says it’s looking to find ways to upgrade storage options and save recordings from being deleted.
The company says not every channel will have DVR support. Since its launch, some networks have opted out for Sling TV’s best features, like being able to rewind live content. Sling says it will listen to customer feedback while the DVR service is in development, with a focus on adding the ability to protect recordings.
Once activated, customers will be able to record movies, TV shows and series, and these recordings will be accessible from the “My TV” screen in the app. Like most DVRs, when recording space is filled up, Sling will start making room for new shows by deleted the oldest recordings.
As of right now, the cloud DVR beta is invite-only and requires a Roku device. Current Sling TV customers can sign up here: http://www.sling.com/dvr.